Hi! After inheriting my sister's aquarium, I did some research and found this site, and you convinced me to get a betta! Everything started out well, he even made a bubble nest after the second day... unfortunately I hadn't read enough, and am doing a fish-in cycle of the aquarium... the nitrite started appearing around day 4, and since then he stopped being so lively. (although he never ate, from day 1... he would put the pellet in his mouth, chew on it, and spit it out... maybe do the same thing once or twice more, and then leave it there... I tried leaving him a whole day without food and feeding the next day... same thing.) That's why I started changing the water every day to not let the nitrite get too high. And now it's been a couple of days that I noticed the bloating.. and it seems worse today. Please help!! I've never had a fish before and don't know what to do! Thanks!!
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78-80
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Nutrafin basix
How often do you feed your betta fish? he never eats...
How often do you perform a water change? so far every day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? about 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Nutrafin aqua plus and Nutrafin cycle
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? he's bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he doesn't do anything, just stays at the top behind the filter baffle or the heater... and when he does swim around, he's a little spastic, and it seems like he has to force to swim down, and the water's making him float... he also swims against the glass a little on a slant.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? it's been a few days
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I've been doing the 25% water changes every day... today I put 1 tbsp aquarium salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I've only had him for 10 days
How old is your fish (approximately)? no idea